TU Dresden RWTH Leibniz Institut

Project A05

Invention Engineering – A Method for Mining New Ideas and Inspiration Sources for Material-Minimised Carbon-Reinforced Concrete Structures

The potential of the new construction material carbon-reinforced concrete enables and requires fundamentally new approaches in construction and engineering design. Hence the central research question of the project is how traditional patterns of thinking can be erupted through creative methods and impulses particularly from the domain of fine arts. A distinct and structured process is to be developed, that supports engineers to discover transdisciplinary sources of inspiration from the fields of literature, fine arts, film or science-fiction in order to formulate radically new approaches for design, construction, and fabrication processes and rapidly generate and evaluate a plentitude of new novel ideas. Current approaches in the fields of creativity research, design research and art thinking, as well as algorithms for semantic retrieval and machine learning are utilized and translated into a new method of invention engineering in order to enable creative processes, structures and design methods.


[Translate to English:] Prof. Dipl.-Ing Jörg Rainer Noennig
Project Manager
Jörg Noennig
Prof. Dipl.-Ing.
Technische Universität Dresden
WISSENSARCHI­TEKTUR – Laboratory of Knowledge Architecture
D-01062 Dresden (Germany)
[Translate to English:]
Research Associate
Sebastian Wiesenhütter
Technische Universität Dresden
WISSENSARCHI­TEKTUR – Laboratory of Knowledge Architecture
D-01062 Dresden (Germany)


Akpanya, R.; Goertzen, T.; Wiesenhuetter, S.; Niemeyer, A. C.; Noennig, J. (2023) Topological Interlocking, Truchet Tiles and Self-Assemblies: A Construction-Kit for Civil Engineering Design in: Holdener, J.; Torrence, E.; Fong, C.; Seaton, K. [eds.] Proceedings of Bridges 2023: Mathematics, Art, Music, Architecture, Culture, 27.–31.07.2023 in Halifax (Nova Scotia, Canada), Phoenix: Tessellations Publ., p. 61–68.

Wiesenhuetter, S.; Goertzen, T.; Vakaliuk, I.; Curbach, M.; Scheerer, S.; Niemeyer, A. C.; Noennig, J. R. (2023) Triply Periodic Minimal Surfaces – A Novel Design Approach for Lightweight CRC Structures in: Ilki, A.; Çavunt, D.; Çavunt, Y. S. [eds.] Building for the Future: Durable, Sustainable, Resilient – Proc. of fib Symposium 2023, 05.–07.06.2023 in Istanbul (Turkey), publ. in: Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering, Vol 350, Cham: Springer, p. 1449–1458 – https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-32511-3_148

Wiesenhuetter, S.; Unger, R.; Noennig, J. (2022) Inspiration Mining for Carbon Concrete Design – through Machine Learning and artistic creativity in: Stokkeland, S.; Braarud, H. C. [eds.] Concrete Innovation for Sustainability – Proc. for the 6th fib International Congress 2022, 12.–16.06.2022 in Oslo (Norway), Oslo: Novus Press, p. 1137–1146.